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2015 Savennières

Château d’Epiré

2015 Savennières Château d’Epiré - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
The sunny conditions in 2015 gave Epiré’s blanc the chance to come out of its shell and offer its charms to all. Normally defined by a firm, stony austerity, this Pineau de la Loire in 2015 is a bit more joyful and expressive in its demeanor. Terroirists out there, don’t worry: you’ll still get your dose of edgy Savennières slate, with acidity and flesh to match—a whole lotta wine for the price. –Anthony Lynch


$21.00
Vintage: 2015
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Chenin Blanc
Appellation: Savennières
Country: France
Region: Loire
Producer: Château d’Epiré
Winemaker: Luc Bizard
Vineyard: 30-55 years, 8.5 ha
Soil: Schist
Aging: Juice rests for 24 hours before being racked into stainless steel cuves or barrel for fermentation to begin
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 13.5%

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About Loire

The defining feature of the Loire Valley, not surprisingly, is the Loire River. As the longest river in France, spanning more than 600 miles, this river connects seemingly disparate wine regions. Why else would Sancerre, with its Kimmeridgian limestone terroir be connected to Muscadet, an appellation that is 250 miles away?

Secondary in relevance to the historical, climatic, environmental, and cultural importance of the river are the wines and châteaux of the Jardin de la France. The kings and nobility of France built many hundreds of châteaux in the Loire but wine preceded the arrival of the noblesse and has since out-lived them as well.

Diversity abounds in the Loire. The aforementioned Kimmderidgian limestone of Sancerre is also found in Chablis. Chinon, Bourgueil, and Saumur boast the presence of tuffeau, a type of limestone unique to the Loire that has a yellowish tinge and a chalky texture. Savennières has schist, while Muscadet has volcanic, granite, and serpentinite based soils. In addition to geologic diversity, many, grape varieties are grown there too: Cabernet Franc, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, and Melon de Bourgogne are most prevalent, but (to name a few) Pinot Gris, Grolleau, Pinot Noir, Pineau d’Aunis, and Folle Blanche are also planted. These myriad of viticultural influences leads to the high quality production of every type of wine: red, white, rosé, sparkling, and dessert.

Like the Rhône and Provence, some of Kermit’s first imports came from the Loire, most notably the wines of Charles Joguet and Château d’Epiré—two producers who are featured in Kermit’s book Adventures on the Wine Route and with whom we still work today.

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2015 Chardonnay

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2014 Chinon “Les Grézeaux”

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2015 Bourgueil “Les Galichets”

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2016 Val de Loire Blanc “Fié Gris”

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2014 Clisson “La Molette”

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2016 Pinot Gris

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2013 Chinon “Clos de la Dioterie”

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2015 Pouilly-Fumé “Vieilles Vignes”

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2013 Bourgueil “Les Perrières”

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2003 Vouvray “Trie de Vendange”

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2016 Vouvray

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2015 Saumur Champigny “Terres Chaudes”

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Great winemakers, great terroirs, there is never any hurry. And I no longer buy into this idea of “peak” maturity. Great winemakers, great terroirs, their wines offer different pleasures at different ages.

Inspiring Thirst, page 312

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